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ABC bows seven digital originals

The media company is rolling out new ad-supported comedy and lifestyle series for its ABCd platform.
July 13, 2016

ABC is giving its streaming service an upgrade, with seven new original series, as well as an additional 38 “throwback” series, now available for all viewers.

The new and older programming will be available through as well as the various ABC apps and connected TVs without the need to sign in, according to a release. The platform is ad-supported, while those who opt for an account will have access to live TV programs, as well as current shows.

The new series, under the ABCd (digital) banner, are a mix of comedy and lifestyle shows developed in house. Each are shorts (between five to seven minutes each) and will run between four and eight episodes over the season.  They include comedies All My Gay Friends are Getting Married, featuring Michelle Collins as she watches her friends hit that wedding milestone; Boondoogle, pictured, which follows a recent TV star (Ty Burrell, of Modern Family) who is now enjoying the perks of being famous (sort of); Forever 31, which stars Iliza Shlesinger who struggles with the absurdities of the early 30s; and Newborn Moms, which follows two funny women as they try to figure out what type of moms they’ll be.

On the lifestyle front, ABC is also launching Tastemade “Get Cooking,” a Hefty-sponsored cooking show that is meant to get home cooks to elevate their foods to the next level; I Can Find $3,000 In Your Home, in which eBay millionaire Linda Lightman tries to help people find items of value in their own homes to make some extra cash online; and On the Record, which explores the story behind the song.

ABC is also adding some of its popular older series to the platform, including 8 Simple Rules, Felicity, Ugly Betty and Ellen. 

The platforms have also been redesigned to put emphasis on finding current shows or curated selections.

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